The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is proud to bring you Why Waldorf Works, a definitive source of news and information about Waldorf Education. Here you can explore this remarkable approach to educating children that boasts an 83 year history in North America.
For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are no simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families. Produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!.
May 17, 2014
A documentary about Denver Waldorf made by Evan Kelley for his 2014 senior project.
August 26, 2013
Westside Waldorf School is featured in this CNN news segment! A Waldorf education is catching on from coast to coast. Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines this innovative approach to learning. Includes interviews with WWS teachers and students.
Time spent on gadgets could be hampering kids' ability to connect to each other and the "real" world.
May 8, 2013
The focus of children's education should be on three essential capacities: vibrant and vigorous activity, sensitive yet resilient emotional life, and clear, focused, original thinking. Education should be multi-dimensional, beginning with play and art.
A parent discusses his son's experience in a Waldorf school. "I have a bright, kind, loving, cultured, energetic, active child who adores school and his classmates and teachers."
March 13, 2012
CNN's Dan Simon reports on a school that uses a no-technology approach and how it's attractive to high-tech parents.
June 15, 2012
Learn more about Marin Waldorf School's approach to media in this short film. We make a conscious effort to quiet pop culture and media awareness in order to make room for the development of intellectual curiosity and a healthy and authentic sense of self. Waldorf education strives to awaken children's excitement and enthusiasm for learning through a curriculum rich in academic and artistic expression.
February 17, 2012
A film from Marin Waldorf School about Waldorf education.
February 5, 2012
3-minute news video by Fox 29 (Philadelphia) on Waldorf Schools--featuring the "unplugged" nature of the pedagogy and the surprising popularity of the school with parents in high-tech industries (as reported by the New York Times).
January 31, 2012
The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship commissioned ITN to make this short film to look at some of the key features of a Steiner School.
December 5, 2011
As teachers across the country turn to laptops and iPads as education tools, one school in Silicon Valley, Calif., has actually banned computers. Priya David Clemens reports on why The Waldorf School of the Peninsula has gone low-tech.
November 30, 2011
News article and video about The Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Silicon Valley. Includes interviews with teachers and students about the curriculum and media policy.
Waldorf education holds that children learn best "in through the heart, out through the mind." Let children experience the world through their hands, hearts and bodes, not just their minds.
October 22, 2011
Profile of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, one of around 160 Waldorf schools in the country that subscribe to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks. Those who endorse this approach say computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction, and attention spans.
October 12, 2011
For more than fifty years, children's free play time has been continually declining, and it's keeping them from turning into confident adults.
Practicing mindfulness. Paying attention. Listening generously.
For Renate Hiller, fiber artist, these majestic phrases apply in all their richness. There is something so honest and pure about her thought -- that we gain a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our own humanity and our greater world by using our hands.
June 4, 2009
"Half Magic" is a documentary exploring the connection between raising a family based on a sustainable lifestyle with the latest research on child development. Kim John Payne has worked as a counselor, adult educator, consultant/researcher and educator and is the author of Simplicity Parenting
February 21, 2008
Research shows that the increased tendency for children to play more and more with toys with specific uses, and play in controlled environments or through classes, such as gymnastics or karate, limits their imaginative play, and decreases the development of executive function needed for self regulation, a skill needed for success in school and in life.
October 16, 2007
Imagination is an intangible, unlimited and free resource. It is not the same as fantasy, nor is it reserved for art, though it is at the core of creativity. Applying imagination to problem-solving requires the ability to come up with an idea, and to break that idea down into the steps that will bring it to fruition.
Education can ameliorate or exacerbate society's ills. Which will it be?
September 1, 1999
Waldorf schools, which began in the esoteric mind of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, have forged a unique blend of progressive and traditional teaching methods that seem to achieve impressive results -- intellectual, social, even moral.
An outsider take on Waldorf education and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Rudolf Steiner's reforming ideas still have an exceptionally strong, practical impact today in many spheres, especially in education, medicine, agriculture, and the pictorial arts. On the other hand, his theoretical scientific and philosophical writings have so far met with little interest and less acceptance in academic circles.